On June 8, 1967, an Israeli torpedo tore through the side of the unarmed American naval vessel USS Liberty, approximately a dozen miles off the Sinai coast. The ship, whose crew was under command of the National Security Agency, was intercepting communications at the height of the Six-Day War when it came under direct Israeli aerial and naval assault.
The Six-Day War between Israel and its neighbors Jordan, Syria, and Egypt was a conflict that the United States chose to stay out of, despite Israel’s entreaties for military support. Half a century later, The Intercept is publishing two classified documents provided in the cache of files leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden related to the attack and its aftermath. keep reading
Ryde is an English seaside town on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight. This still strongly visible in the town’s central and seafront architecture. As a resort, the town is noted for its expansive sands which are revealed at low tide, making its pier necessary on the wide beach for a regular passenger ferry service. Ryde Pier is a listed structure, and the fourth longest pier in the United Kingdom, as well as the oldest. more
“The Mary Ellen Carter” is a song written and recorded by Stan Rogers, intended as an inspirational hymn about triumphing over great odds. It tells the story of a heroic effort to salvage a sunken ship, the Mary Ellen Carter, by members of her former crew. Portland, Maine-based folk group Schooner Fare (and) Ian Robbrecorded it with the other members of Finest Kind on his album From Different Angels.
So inspiring is the song that it is credited with saving at least one life. On February 12, 1983 the ship Marine Electric was carrying a load of coal from Norfolk, Virginia to a power station in Somerset, Massachusetts… keep reading
An Eye for Words: Concrete Poets at the Getty – click that link if you want to read a bunch of artsy-fartsy talk about persistence of vision and blablahblah so gloopy and dismal that it even makes Miss Monkey’s eyes roll with its sheer nebulous pretension. I included it here because well, if anybody knows anything about horizons that get all blurry and seem to just go on for ever and ever, it’s sailors.